Two people have been arrested during a raid where £4,000 of counterfeit goods were seized.
Officers from Knowsley Neighbourhood Support team working with Knowsley Council Trading Standards executed a warrant at an address in Kirkby and recovered around £20,000 in cash and £4,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco.
Buying illegal tobacco is not a victimless crime. As well as hurting legitimate businesses, research shows that it helps to fund organised crimeDet Sgt Sean Kelly-Martland
A man and woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing counterfeit goods with intent to supply and money laundering.
They were questioned and now Trading Standards will investigate the matter further.
Det Sgt Sean Kelly-Martland said: “There are many dangers to counterfeit products, and it is a great result now this produce is off our streets.
“We will continue to work with partners to target those involved in this type of criminality.”
Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, Coun Bob Swann, said: “This is an excellent result and I’m pleased that we have taken these counterfeit products off the streets of Knowsley.
“Buying illegal tobacco is not a victimless crime. As well as hurting legitimate businesses, research shows that it helps to fund organised crime.
“Whenever we receive intelligence about illegal goods, we will always work closely with our colleagues at Merseyside Police and other partners to investigate and take the appropriate action.”
Anyone who is aware of counterfeit goods being sold should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.